Azula was defeated by her brother Zuko and his friend Katara in an epic Agni Kai1. She was captured and taken to a mental institution, where she was treated for her psychosis and paranoia. She hated Zuko for betraying her and taking the throne, and she hated Katara for humiliating her and freezing her in ice. She spent her days in isolation, plotting revenge and escape.
One day, she received a visit from Aang, the Avatar. He told her that he wanted to help her heal and find peace. He said that he had learned a lot about the Fire Nation culture and history, and that he understood why she was so angry and hurt. He also said that he had seen a glimpse of her good side, when she helped him defeat Ozai during the comet. He offered to take her to the Spirit Temple, a sacred place where she could reconnect with her ancestors and learn more about herself.
Azula was skeptical and suspicious of Aang’s intentions. She thought he was trying to trick her or manipulate her. She refused to go with him, and told him to leave her alone. Aang did not give up, though. He kept visiting her, bringing her gifts and books, telling her stories and jokes, and showing her kindness and compassion. He also brought Zuko and Katara with him sometimes, hoping that they could reconcile with Azula. Zuko apologized for hurting her, and Katara offered to teach her waterbending as a way of healing. Azula was still hostile and bitter towards them, but she gradually started to feel curious and intrigued by their gestures.
After several months of persuasion, Azula finally agreed to go with Aang to the Spirit Temple. She was escorted by Zuko, Katara, Sokka, Toph, Suki, Mai, Ty Lee, Iroh, and Appa. She felt uneasy and nervous, but also excited and hopeful. She wondered what she would find at the temple, and what it would mean for her future.
The Spirit Temple was a majestic structure built on a mountain peak. It had a large circular gate that opened only when the Avatar approached it. Inside, there were statues of past Avatars and Fire Lords, as well as paintings and carvings depicting the history of the Fire Nation. There was also a fountain of glowing water that flowed from a dragon-shaped spout. Aang explained that this was the Spirit Water, a gift from the dragons to the first Fire Lord. He said that it had healing properties, and that it could also help people communicate with the spirits.
Aang led Azula to the fountain, and asked her to sit down next to him. He told her to close her eyes and relax, and to let the water touch her skin. He said that he would guide her through a meditation technique that would allow her to enter the Spirit World. He assured her that he would be with her all the time, and that nothing would harm her.
Azula did as Aang instructed, feeling skeptical but curious. She felt the water on her fingers, warm and soothing. She heard Aang’s voice in her ear, calm and gentle. She breathed deeply and slowly, feeling herself drift into a trance.
She opened her eyes again, and found herself in a different place. She was still sitting by the fountain, but everything else looked different. The temple was gone, replaced by a vast forest of red trees. The sky was purple, and there were stars everywhere. She saw strange creatures flying around, some resembling birds or insects, others more fantastical.
She looked at Aang, who smiled at her. He said that they were in the Spirit World now,